KansasFest 2018: 30 Years and Going Strong

KansasFest 2018, the premier annual Apple II convention, is scheduled for July 17 – 22 in Kansas City, Missouri. This year marks the 30th time that this event, an annual convention offering Apple II users and retrocomputing enthusiasts the opportunity to engage in beginner and technical sessions, programming contests, an exhibition hall, and camaraderie, has been held.

KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest committee since 1995. Any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends are invited to attend this year’s event. In upcoming weeks, the KansasFest web site will announce registration details, so keep an eye on the site listed below. (more…)

February Featured Vendor: Stellar Data Recovery Software

You may remember Stellar Data Recovery products from multiple Macworld Expos and User Group University events. If you are one of the more than two million people who have used Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery, you remember it fondly because it works so well. The newest version, Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery – Professional offers a range of features to recover lost and deleted data from a Mac-based hard drives, SSDs, memory cards, USB flash drives and other external storage media.  It can easily recover lost partitions, photos, videos, critical office documents and other important files, even from Time Machine, BootCamp partitions and encrypted hard drives. In addition, Stellar Data Recovery has a great discount offer for user group members and officers on this month’s vendor discount page.

Why not make Stellar Data Recovery Software the topic for your group’s next meeting?


CES 2018: Meeting the Stars

CES 2018: Meeting the Stars

by Tom Piper


This year’s January 9-12, 2018, visit to Las Vegas for the 51st edition of the Consumer Electronic Show was once again a dazzling mix of amazing products and puzzling potentials. Like Wonder Woman with her motorcycle, I met many “star” electronics from name brands like Samsung, LG, Sony, Kodak, Panasonic and others, while being introduced to a wide array of new ideas and concepts being featured by broad spectrum of unknowns from many diverse countries. (more…)

Randy B. Singer of MacAttorney: Macintosh Word Processors

Randy Singer, leader of the 9.000+ member strong MacAttorney User Group, co-author of multiple editions of the well-loved Macintosh Bible, author of the ABA’s The Macintosh Software Guide for the Law Office, writer of the MacAttorney Newsletter, and popular presenter, recently commented about word processors for Mac users:

“I’ve found that lots of Macintosh users wish that they had more choices for a word processor.  The thing is…they do.  They just don’t know where to find out about all the available products.”

So, he has created a page covering currently-available offerings and it is both comprehensive and helpful.

Check it out – maybe even contribute to the conversation:


Visit MacAttorney.


Meeting Idea: HomePod on Apple Support’s YouTube Channel and ASW

Looking for a short presentation on HomePod for your group’s meeting? Apple Support’s YouTube channel and ASW have all the information you need to make a great group presentation.

Apple Support’s YouTube channel offers a series of three videos on HomePod, including how to adjust HomePod settings, how to use Siri to play music on HomePod and How to use touch controls on HomePod.Each video is under 2 minutes, easy to follow and interesting.

ASW offers HomePod – Product Presentation (L574599A-en_US ), HomePod – First Look (L574596A-en_US), HomePod Top Features Demo Guide (L574990A-en_US) and more.

Ambassadors: February is a great month to use Apple resources for your meetings.

Apple YouTube Support Channel’s HomePod Collection


Meeting Idea and How To: Apple Pay and Apple Pay Cash

Apple Pay and Apple Pay Cash can provide a quick and interesting topic for your next meeting. Apple Pay is easy to use since you can pay for store purchases with the iPhone or Apple Watch you always have with you without needing to open an app, pay within apps or on the web in Safari with iPhone and iPad with no need to enter billing, shipping, or contact information and pay on the web using Safari with Mac. And, you can send and receive money with friends and family right in Messages. Apple Pay is simpler and safer than using your physical card. Instead of using your actual card number, Apple Pay assigns a unique number for each purchase, so your card information is never shared by Apple with merchants.


Remember to Password Protect Discount Offer Codes

Please be respectful of the vendors who offer user group discounts by password protecting any user group offers that come from the Apple User Group Bulletin or the Apple User Group Resources blog. When a offer becomes public, we often hear from the vendor, either to discontinue the offer or to change their discount code and information. In January we heard from a vendor who forwarded screen shots of their discount on a specific group’s website. The discount code has been changed and the offers page has a new password as well. See the bottom of each month’s Apple User Group Bulletin or check with your group’s ambassador for password information.

User Group Locator: Update Your Group’s Records

The User Group Locator has easy-to-use features and is one of the best ways to help potential members find your group. Your group can update its records by entering the email address originally used to register the group. The system then returns a link for database access. Not sure what your group’s address of record is? Use the Find a Group form on the Apple User Group Resources blog to see your current information.

Are your group’s records up-to-date? January is a great time make the updates that can help potential members find your group. (more…)